Saturday, June 20, 2015

The moral inversion of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)

 Shattered glass. Blood. Carcasses of bombed out buses. Broken bodies. Broken families and broken lives.  This is the legacy of the Intifada.
Since the start of the second Intifada, through 2013 1,227 people have been killed by Palestinian terrorism . 8,549 more have been wounded.  Each of these people has a name. And a story. And a family that loved them.
To "Support the Intifada" is to support the deaths of innocents.
The San Francisco based  Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) proudly supports the Intifada and the deaths of innocents.

From an AROC event-  Stickers: "Support the Intifada"
AROC, incidentally was one of the sponsors of a now notorious event at San Francisco State University where attendees were encouraged to make placards declaring  "My heroes have always killed colonizers"
Lara Kiswani is the current  Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. At a BDS panel at UC Berkeley several months ago, Lara was quoted as saying, "Bringing down Israel really will benefit everyone in the world, and everyone in society." To a supporter of Israel who issued a tearful plea for co-existence, she snarled  "As long as you continue to be on that side, I'm going to continue to hate you." 

Lara's hateful rhetoric surprises no one. Hate speech, glorification of terror and genocide are commonplace at AROC sponsored events and rallies.

AROC  and its allied organizations now have the Jewish Community Relations Council in their crosshairs accusing the group of "attacking " Arab, Palestinian and Muslim organizations, and calling the JCRC a 'narrow-minded, special interest group".
A brief glance at the JCRC website shows, in complete contrast to the extremist and hateful rhetoric of the AROC, a community organization deeply committed to justice for all.
JCRC today mourns the victims of last night’s horrific shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We share our condolences with their families and stand in solidarity with the African American community and AME churches across the nati

May 18th, 2015

JCRC is greatly dismayed by the recent tragedies and the continued racial divide within our society. We stand with the African American community, as we have for generations, in calling for an end to racial prejudice and discrimination.on.

April 15th, 2015

Tragically, the Yezidi community now lives under precarious threat from ISIS. The Yezidis are a little known community, and it is all too easy to forget, to turn the page, to move on. But today we pause, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, to reaffirm the importance of memory and of action.

The moral inversion of AROC and their arrogant assault on a Jewish community institution proves what we've long suspected. Their vision of "Justice'  is "Just us", and they are not a partner in building a more inclusive Bay Area.

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